Legal Work and School Work Can Work!
As a new school year approaches, schools across the country struggle with how to safely educate their students. Some districts will attempt traditional, in-person instruction. Others will begin the semester with distance learning. And still others offer parents the choice of traditional instruction OR distance learning. It’s highly likely that at some point this year, children will receive instruction at home. So how is a busy attorney, paralegal, or court reporter to balance professional demands with building blocks or algebra remediation? CompuScripts offers these suggestions to make distance learning work with your work. Continue reading
Want to De-stress?
Try Our Fun, Inexpensive Tips!
The word health is on the minds of most Americans these days, and with good reason. Without a COVID-19 vaccine, and with symptoms ranging from none to an inability to breathe, all we have to combat it are masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing. Of course, we’re referring to concerns about our physical health. But as we enter our seventh month with the virus, it is taking a collective toll on our mental health as well. Social isolation, financial insecurity, and fears for ourselves or our loved ones can cause feelings of depression, even among those who have never experienced such feelings. Medical groups such as Mayo Clinic offer good global suggestions, such as keeping to a routine and focusing on positive thoughts. And, of course, anyone experiencing suicidal ideation or the persistent loss of appetite, inability to sleep, or loss of interests should contact a medical or mental health professional immediately. But if, like many, you’re experiencing more of an emotional fatigue, CompuScripts would like to offer our favorite COVID-19 tips to de-stress that may be helpful during the pandemic. Continue reading
COVID-19 Safety Protocols
Since the first coronavirus cases were reported, CompuScripts has stayed abreast of practices promoting the health and safety of our staff, our court reporters, and our clients. At this writing, much of the country has loosened quarantine restrictions. So in this month’s blog, CompuScripts reviews current COVID-19 safety protocols designed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Continue reading
CompuScripts Now Scheduling
Traditional and Online Depositions
Now that quarantine restrictions in South Carolina are easing and courts are reopening , CompuScripts is scheduling a mix of traditional and online depositions. This means that all parties, some parties, or no parties may be in the same physical room during the deposition. CompuScripts accomplishes this through the use of our large Columbia conference room set up for social distancing. Because of our unique setup, attorneys can now mix and match aspects of face-to-face and virtual depositions. Continue reading
Preparing for Videoconference Depositions
Like so many industries right now, the legal landscape has changed. Social distancing restrictions are making it more difficult for attorneys to conduct depositions in the ways they’re accustomed to. But it is possible to conduct a remote deposition successfully using our virtual conference room. CompuScripts has been scheduling remote depositions for more than a decade, and we’d like to teach you about preparing for videoconference depositions. Continue reading
Advice for Reporters and Videographers
As a company, we pride ourselves on being responsible members of the legal community. This responsibility extends to the way our court reporters and legal videographers conduct themselves during depositions as we face not only a difficult flu season but fear of the community spread of coronavirus. Continue reading
Protect Your Deposition Transcripts
In an age in which data theft is constantly in the news, deposition transcript security should be on the mind of every freelance court reporter. From scheduling to delivery, there are opportunities for the transcript or the exhibits to be compromised. Addressing this issue, the NCRA’s Code of Professional Ethics, Provision 4, states that a member court reporter shall “…preserve the confidentiality and ensure the security of information, oral or written, entrusted to the Member by any of the parties in a proceeding.” In keeping with the organization’s provision, CompuScripts would like to suggest ways of maintaining deposition transcript security . Continue reading
Millennials, Act Two
Gallup has studied the work habits of Millenials, and its analysis could be good news in the court reporting field. Gallup reports that 60 percent of Millennials – those born between 1980 and 1996 – are open to changing jobs. For Millenials interested in court reporting, their prior experience may be valuable in many areas of litigation. Continue reading
Third Annual Words Into Action
Based on our past success, CompuScripts Court Reporters and Legal Videographers announces Words Into Action 2019. Words Into Action is our community involvement campaign. Its purpose is to draw attention to the organizations we are able to support when you book a deposition or order legal transcription from us. Our Words Into Action campaign is an addition to our regular program of charitable giving. Continue reading
Today’s blog is authored by CompuScripts’
Litigation Specialist Kaye Mullinax.
Sage Advice for the Legal Professional
In my thirty years as a litigation paralegal, I’ve assisted in the training of many young lawyers, many of whom now sit on either the state or federal bench. I’ve also trained more new paralegals than I care to count. I have a lot of information about deposition preparation that should be disseminated to newbies, and I’m happy to share it.
Don’t think you missed the class about deposition preparation. An instructor probably touched on the topic during a torts class , but not to a degree that was practical application. I hope this post will make deposition preparation and scheduling go smoothly for new litigation paralegals. Here are my guidelines on deposition preparation to keep your depositions moving and your cart out of the ditch. Continue reading